©Susan Warner/Save the Children
Publication Date: 2006
Author/Publisher: Save the Children
More than 43 million children living in countries wracked by war and armed conflict are being left without the chance to go to school.
The report is part of Save the Children’s five-year Rewrite the Future education initiative, which seeks to help millions of children in conflict-affected areas gain access to and reap the current and future benefits of a quality education.
The new report outlines the consequences of armed conflict on education in 30 countries, 18 of which face ongoing violence. In many cases, schools have been destroyed or commandeered by armed forces; teachers have been killed or forced to flee because they are government employees or community leaders; and children have been recruited and forced to participate in the violence.
The report reveals that:
- In 2003, more than half of armed conflicts had children under 15 as combatants.
- More than 5 million primary-school-age children (6 – 11 years) are out of school in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and more than 6 million 12- to 17-year-olds have never been to school.
- In Nepal, between January and August 2005, more than 11,800 students were abducted from rural schools for indoctrination or forced recruitment into the militia.
- In Afghanistan, most qualified teachers fled the conflict. Now fewer than 15 percent of teachers hold professional qualifications.